Review: Steel Panther, Rock City, by Tristan McSweeney
THEY strutted on stage in full Spandex glory and delivered the ultimate heavy metal parody.
They are Steel Panther; the ultimate glam band, and the boys from the Sunset Strip were in the mood to party.
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Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxxx and Stix Zadinia oozed a confidence in front of the sold out lycra and wig clad crowd.
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Supersonic Sex Machine, from latest album, Balls Out, set the tone for the night that wasn't just about rock n roll excess.
After the second song they stopped playing and spent ten minutes talking to the crowd, telling tongue-in-cheek jokes about drugs and sex, and encouraging girls to whip up their T-shirts. This between song comedy is a standard part of any Panther gig and the rock star egos competing for the limelight in particular were met with howls of laughter.
But they had no problem backing up their trademark banter with solid musicianship. Soaring solos, runaway drum rolls, falsetto vocals and catchy choruses were aplenty as the crowd went wild, crying out for more.
Beyond the humour they proved that they can really play. Satchel accompanied his own guitar solo with a simultaneous stint on the drums, paying homage to Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath and many more.
Their over-the-top sexually charged lyrics in songs such as Eatin' Ain't Cheatin and Just Like Tiger Woods all added to the night, with Starr's wailing vocals, Satchel's cheesy guitar riffs and Foxxx's reckless use of hair products topping off a larger than life revival of Eighties metal excess.
Having called the ladies up on stage for Party All Day, Starr and Styx rounded off proceedings with an acoustic rendition of Community Property. We sang along word for word, arms waving in the air until the Los Angeles foursome finished with favourites Eyes of the Panther and 17 Girls In A Row.